H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (27 December 2018) – Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home + Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Companies

  • Xiaomi to expand India stores 10-fold as online sales stagnate; Expansion of physical stores risks hurting price competitiveness (Nikkei)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Samsung, Softbank

  • Tencent-backed homework app jumps to $3B valuation after raising $300M (Techcrunch, KRA)
  • Philippine e-payment apps bank on Alibaba and Tencent for growth (Nikkei)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • India tightens e-commerce rules, likely to hit Amazon, Flipkart (SCMP); Amazon, Walmart Face Tougher Rules as India Helps Small Traders (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Ping An Technology vies for China’s cloud market leadership, taking on Alibaba and Tencent (SCMP)
  • Chinese home sharing site Xiaozhu to roll out facial recognition-enabled smart locks in Chengdu pilot scheme (SCMP)
  • Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home (Bloomberg)
  • India’s start-ups fear extinction from ‘angel tax’; Government sends notices demanding payments for funds pumped in by individual investors (FT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI 100: The Artificial Intelligence Startups Redefining Industries (CBI); 7 Predictions for AI in 2019 (EE Times)
  • Salesforce keeps rolling with another banner year in 2018 (Techcrunch)
  • Retailers’ Gift-Return Problem Has a High-Tech Solution; Store owners can use big-data tactics to tackle the challenge of managing costly merchandise returns. (Bloomberg)

Life

  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life Hardcover – April 19, 2011 (Amazon)
  • Why Creatives Should Quit Hustling (Ascent)

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